This is not so much a sermon on Advent or December, as the old fast of the "Ember Days" that used to be celebrated four times a year. (Zacharias 8:19: "Thus saith the Lord of hosts: The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and great solemnities.") The December ones always fell during Advent, of course, thus contributing to the penitential and preparatory... Topics: Spirituality, Audiobook - Nonfiction Source: Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 12, CCEL
Circa A.D. 710, the Venerable Bede wrote this sermon. It was translated by the Rev. John M. Neale. An interesting and touching look at the Feast of All Saints and the doctrine of the Communion of Saints, and a glimpse of Saxon England's religious life. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion, Holidays - All Saints Day Source: The World's Famous Orations, 1906.
Bishop Asterius of Amasea (c. 375-405 AD) talks about Christ's ideas on marriage, the wonderfulness of wives, and why casual divorce is a Bad Idea. Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: Ancient Sermons for Modern Times, tr. by Galusha Anderson and Edgar Johnson Goodspeed
The doctor said the little boy wouldn't live. The aunt made the little boy not want to live. But at least he had the Houdan hen -- and Sredni Vashtar. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Fantasy, Horror Source: The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki (H.H. Munro), 1911.
The foundation document for Sherlockian studies, this is also a hilarious satire of Biblical and literary criticism. The author, Ronald A. Knox, later became better known as Msgr. Ronald A. Knox, Bible translator and mystery writer. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, essays, comedy, Mystery Source: "Sources in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes", 1911
A sermon on the Virgin Mary's death and assumption into Heaven by St. John of Damascus (aka St. John Damascene). ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion Source: On holy images, followed by three sermons on the Assumption. Tr. by Mary H. Allies, 1898.
Bishop Polycarp of Smyrna writes to the Church in Philippi. At their request, the subject is righteousness and righteous living. Apparently, this letter was written either shortly before or after St. Ignatius of Antioch's martyrdom, as the Philippians are anxious to read Ignatius' letters and Polycarp is anxious to hear tidings of Ignatius. Way before the Council of Nicaea, though; so listen and find out what Christianity was like towards the end of its first century! Topics: Audiobook - Nonfiction, religion